Afghan Taliban launch fierce assault on 10 provinces in Afghanistan, two key districts fall to Taliban with two more under siege

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Afghan Taliban launch fierce assault on 10 provinces in Afghanistan, two key districts fall to Taliban with two more under siege

KABUL - Afghan Taliban have launched fierce assault on 10 provinces in Afghanistan whereby atleast two key districts have fallen to Taliban.

There was fighting in at least 10 provinces, with the heaviest clashes in the northern regions of Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz and Badakhshan, where the Taliban have been pressing security forces for weeks. [image: Members of Afghan security forces climb over a fence in Kabul, Afghanistan. PHOTO: Reuters]

On Wednesday, security forces retook the district of Koran-Wa-Monjan in Badakhshan, the defence ministry said in a statement. The district, which fell to the Taliban in July, had offered the insurgents valuable mining revenues from its rich reserves of the famous blue lapis lazuli stone.

It was the third district security forces have secured during a push in the province over recent days after Yamgan and Warduj, which the Taliban had held for the past four years.

In the neighbouring province of Takhar, however, local officials said this week’s government forces had pulled out of Yangi Qala and Darqad districts, while fighting was going on in Khawja Ghar and Ishkamesh district.

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